Popular Crime

Popular Crime

By Bill James

  • Release Date : 2011-05-03
  • Genre : Social Science
  • FIle Size : 9.12 MB
Score: 4.0
From 70 Ratings
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Popular Crime The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now examines our cultural obsession with murder—delivering a unique, engrossing, brilliant history of tabloid crime in America.

Celebrated writer and contrarian Bill James has voraciously read true crime throughout his life and has been interested in writing a book on the topic for decades. Now, with Popular Crime, James takes readers on an epic journey from Lizzie Borden to the Lindbergh baby, from the Black Dahlia to O. J. Simpson, explaining how crimes have been committed, investigated, prosecuted and written about, and how that has profoundly influenced our culture over the last few centuries— even if we haven’t always taken notice.

Exploring such phenomena as serial murder, the fluctuation of crime rates, the value of evidence, radicalism and crime, prison reform and the hidden ways in which crimes have shaped, or reflected, our society, James chronicles murder and misdeeds from the 1600s to the present day. James pays particular attention to crimes that were sensations during their time but have faded into obscurity, as well as still-famous cases, some that have never been solved, including the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Boston Strangler and JonBenet Ramsey. Satisfyingly sprawling and tremendously entertaining, Popular Crime is a professed amateur’s powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history.


  • A fun read!

    By rmb901
    Popular Crime is a fun book, idiosyncratic and possibly just plain wrong at times, the author's voice shines through and makes it feel like you're having a conversation with a friend rather than reading a scholarly text. This isn't to say that lots of research wasn't done for this book, it is well stocked with interesting info and insights and will (hopefully) spark some discussions about our justice system.
  • Bored

    By Pop crime
    Ok I love crime stories so this book I thought we be perfect. I was skipping pages, the rambling went on and on about the same things over and over. I felt more like I was reading a summary for books and what books I should read and what not to. By far not with the $13.99 I spent on it. Wish he would have left out his views on the justice system and his reviews on other books and maybe stuck more to the stories he was telling. I would not purchase this book or recommend it to anyone. The information he had about the crimes was pretty interesting.
  • Very enjoyable

    By superbellsam
    Not having made the Moneyball connection before I finished reading this book, I actually enjoyed it that much more. The author is snarky, self important and entirely enjoyable to read - which made sense once I realized who he was. And, besides his clear and deliberate writing style he also manages to land several hilarious punches to the funny bone (hint for those that buy this book: search "gorilla and elephant"). I would recommend this book to any avid non-fiction reader that does not know why Bill James is well known. For those that do know, well, you probably don't care what I recommend.
  • Awful

    By Not worth ur $
    Simply one of the worst books I have ever read. The author lacks self awareness and comes across as a self aggrandizing blow-hard. The book's flow is choppy and inconsistent, and reads more like a review of crime books that he's read.
  • Popular Crime

    By Northern cats
    At times fascinating, but often mired down in the author's own fascination of his catalogue system of the crimes. Some cases are breezed through in one scant paragraph,and others go on for ever. Enough of your thoughts on Lizzie Borden. Big yawn. Still, the historical march is a useful tool.
  • Pretty good

    By ByTheBy123456
    Pretty good. Although James said Michael Jackson was not one of the 100 most famous people in the world and this is simply an insane statement and makes me question the rest of the book, I'm not kidding.